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Super-luminous supernovae on the rise

New observations suggest that certain extremely bright supernovae are not the nuclear explosions of very massive stars. Instead, they may be ordinary-mass events lit up by a potent central fountain of magnetic energy. See Letter p.346

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Figure 1: The Crab nebula.

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Kasen, D. Super-luminous supernovae on the rise. Nature 502, 310–312 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1038/502310a

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